People living along the Jersey Shore are bracing for the worst ahead of a massive snowstorm moving toward the Tri-State.
Several counties in the region are under a coastal flood warning, including Monmouth and Ocean. There’s concern that an oncoming nor’easter could create conditions along the coast that haven’t been seen since Sandy.
That’s why bulldozers were working ahead of the storm this week along the shore, building emergency berms and piling up sand dunes.
In Belmar large dunes were built on about 1.3 miles of beach to help prepare for what the town’s mayor calls a significant storm surge. Strong winds and high waves have been predicted for much of the coastline.
Officials are most worried about high tide on Saturday and Sunday, when winds will kick up and the risk of flooding will be at its worst.
Shore towns like Barnegat have offered voluntary evacuation and are recommending that residents get out of town by 6 p.m. Friday. Coastal flooding could make roads impassable and some areas may be left without power.